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Friday, June 1 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
14. (Research and Technical Studies) Gamma Radiation of Cultural Heritage in Disaster Response

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Disaster Preparedness Planning requires knowledge of the materials in a collection, their value, and information on the best treatments available. Often, treatments can only mitigate damage done to collections, following a disaster. In some instances, there are few options and treatment only allows for a window of time when the materials can then be digitized, or otherwise documented. The degree of damage, the size of the collection impacted, or the urgency of the disaster may require the use of techniques that otherwise are not typically used within the field. The use of such methods is exceptional and, as such, requires scientific investigation before the treatment needs to be used. This project addresses one such emergency treatment: the use of gamma radiation, and its immediate effects on materials within archive and paper-based collections. A set of surrogate materials was treated with gamma radiation to test how this treatment affects the materials. Colorimetry and attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were employed to discern if the materials underwent chemical change, and to discern which materials underwent the most change.

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Molly McGath

Research Scientist, The Mariners' Museum & Park
Molly K. McGath is the Research Scientist at The Mariners' Museum and Park. McGath received her doctorate from the University of Arizona in Materials Science and Engineering with a focus in Conservation Science. Her current research includes studying the deterioration mechanisms of... Read More →

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Jenn Foltz Cruickshank

Conservator, Maryland State Archives
Jenn Foltz Cruickshank is a Conservator at the Maryland State Archives (MSA) in Annapolis, Maryland, starting in 1998, when she began as a conservation technician. She specializes in paper artifacts and photographs, custom rehousing and mounting solutions, pest management, and emergency... Read More →
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Andrea KI Hall

Student, Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Andrea Hall is Senior Research Specialist at Heritage Science for Conservation in the Department of Conservation and Preservation at Johns Hopkins University where she is working on physical property testing of heritage materials, environmental monitoring, studying conservation testing... Read More →
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Dr. Patricia McGuiggan

Professor/Educator, Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Dr. McGuiggan obtained her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.  During her Ph.D., she was a research scholar in the Applied Mathematics Department at the Australian National University working with Richard Pashley.  She spent 3 years as a postdoctoral... Read More →

Friday June 1, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Texas Ballroom (Foyer outside Ballrooms - Poster Session) Marriott Marquis Houston